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Scalloped English napped cotton or cotton/linen bed valance with red copperplate-printed pattern titled "Washington and American Independance [sic] 1776; the Apotheosis of Franklin" printed on a beige ground. Valance is edged in cotton or linen tape. Print depicts Washington in a chariot alongside a seated figure of America, who holds a caduceus in one hand an a table inscribed "American Independance [sic] 1776." The chariot is pulled by two leopards, which are flanked by two American Indians, one holding a thirteen-striped flag and the other a flag bearing a rattlesnake inscribed "Unite or Die" and cut into thirteen parts. Soldiers carrying striped flags descend from a mountain and follow the chariot. Behind the chariot is the (labeled) Liberty Tree, bearing an upside-down placard reading "Stamp Act." Print also depicts Benjamin Franklin next to the personification of Liberty, and the two hold a banner inscribed "Where Liberty Dwells there is my Country." In front of Franklin is the goddess Athena, pointing to the "Temple of Fame," and two putti hold a globe showing America divided into Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, and New England. Above Franklin are a beaver and a heron with a fish in its mouth shown in a marsh. See "inscription details" for full text.
Location:2715 Q St. NW,District Of Columbia,Washington,20007